First time I've been to the Indy 500 this yr. Very disappointed and disgusted by the large amounts of trash everywhere, the lack of security at the entrance, and how disorganized it is to get in. I have friends from out of country that said they would want to go to the race. I live in Indiana and would be ashamed to take them there.
Indy 500 weekend is officially here (yes, I start my weekends on Thursday) and I don’t know about you but I’m ready to get this party started! While the race may not be until Sunday, there’s plenty of action to check out between now and then. Here’s a rundown of the events on my schedule. You’ll also find information about each event as well as their Twitter handle if available and of course you can follow my weekend on Twitter too (@lesalina)!
Where will you be?
Thursday, May 26
Jocktails at the 500 / Jocktails After-party
7 pm – 10 pm Invite Only Event
10 pm – 3 am After-party, open to the public
Jocktails at the 500 will feature some of the biggest names related to the Indy 500, and other local celebrities using their star power to raise money for this year’s beneficiary, Racing for Cancer (www.racingforcancer.org). 100% of the tips raised from the event will be donated to the organization. While the event may be by invite only, the after-party is open to all and will be hosted by yours truly!
Info: Jocktails Celebrity After-party Hosted by Leslie Bailey, Blu Lounge, 240 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis. Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jocktails/131277730281798?v=info for more information.
Follow this event on Twitter: @Jocktails, @RacingForCancer
Friday, May 27 – Carb Day
Firestone Freedom 100
Don’t miss the 9th Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is your chance to witness the future stars of IndyCar in action! And it’s only 40 laps which means you’ll have plenty of time to get to the rest of the Carb Day activities.
Info: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Miler Lite Carb Day Tickets: $20
Follow this event on Twitter: @IndyCar
Miller Lite Carb Day Concert featuring Staind with Special Guests Papa Roach
Remember them? This concert is free with Carb Day admission so get your beer and prepare for a flashback to the 90’s. Grab yourself a beer and enjoy! (Please drink responsibly. Nobody likes that guy at a concert.)
Info: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Miller Lite Card Day Tickets:$20
Saturday, May 28
IPL 500 Festival Parade
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper leads the two-mile procession of floats, marching bands and all 33 competing drivers. Fun for the whole family! If you’re not purchasing reserved seats, make sure to arrive early to get a good spot as you will be joining more than 300,000 spectators for this 54 year tradition.
Info: Pennsylvania and North Streets, Reserved seats are $14.50; $18 and $32. Visit http://www.500festival.com/parade/ for more information.
Follow this event on Twitter: @500Festival
FANtasy 500 Race Party
9 pm – 3 am
The 4th annual FANtasty Race Party will be hosted by television personality Catt Sadler, recording artist and actress Christina Milian, and CNN’s ‘Morning Express’ host Carlos Diaz. Held at the historic Columbia Club on Monument circle, this event is sure to be the hottest party of the night.
Info: The Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN, Tickets: $75 General Admission/$100 Moet VIP Lounge. Visit http://www.fantasy500party.com/ for more information.
Sunday, May 29 – Race Day
The Centennial Indianapolis 500
Celebrate one hundred years of history on the track as 33 drivers race for the checkered flag. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500 World Record Jump Attempt at 10:40 am and watching the National Anthem performed by David Foster, Seal & Kelly Clarkson during the pre-race festivities, but nothing – I mean nothing, beats the sound of those famous words and hearing the engines roar.
Info: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tickets: $30 and up. Visit http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com for more information.
Follow this event on Twitter: @IMS
I am looking for guests who would like to be on my blogtalkradio show and speak about the history of racing.
I cannot believe that were not recycling bins at the event. Long time without seeing a large event without a green initiative. I can see now why Indiana is supposed to be the less green state.
Why are the announcers drowned out by engine noise. Really stupid. turned off last year because I could not understand will have to this year also. Dumb!
Today is the day of the huge wreck-a car will end up in the grandstands- Danica dies in flaming wreck last indy 500 for several years due to amount paid to victims of todays carnage
My great uncle is Ray Harroun (first winner & inventor of the rear view mirror) This is a big celebration year for all of our family. I have never been there but watch it every year. I am grateful for my family legacy!
I had an uncle and aunt who lived in Texas and every year for a good many years went to the Indy 500.
I am 75 yrs. old and once dated Maurie Rose's daughter. I have been to several of the worlds greatest single days sporting events and it is without a doubt, the greatest spectecle in all sports. MAY THE INDY 500 LAST FOREVER.
I am 75 yrs. old and once dated Mauri Rose's daughter. I have been to several of the grearest races in the world and will always be a huge fan of the world's greatest single days sporting event. GO INDY may this great spectacle last foreever.